high cirrus clouds

squimble-the-slug-witch  asked:

hc about u: that in the emu story, your bed was level with a window and was in the corner of your bedroom, a single bed, with purple sheets and a weird satin/velvet fake-quilt coverlet. there was condensation on the window. the light was bluish like it is in the morning. you could see mountains in the distance, past the field of overgrown wildflowers. You put the bed there so you could lay with your head at the foot of the bed and look out your window at the stars.

your bed was level with a window 
yep!

the corner of your bedroom
Also true!

a single bed
3/3!

with purple sheets
I did  have purple sheets, but they were fleece ones for winter, so by May I’d have the yellow ones on instead.  The emus usually got out in June.

and a weird satin/velvet fake-quilt coverlet  
I had a REAL handmade rainbow quilt that my mom made me thx. I had it for 14 years until the fabric literally came apart from use.

there was condensation on the window 
Nah, my family’s house didn’t have AC so the only way to keep cool in summer was to have the windows open all night and hide in the basement all day.

the light was bluish like it is in the morning.
The light in the mornings here is pink, usually. We have fabulous sunrises where the high cirrus clouds catch the light and the early light reflects back off the mountains.

you could see mountains in the distance, past the field of overgrown wildflowers.
I can see the front range from my bedroom window, though it’s mostly obscured by an old ash tree.  My neighborhood is fairly wooded for CO, and I mostly see the tops of trees.  I do remember sitting on my bed during the first few nights of the High Park Fire, watching the line of flames come over the hills and peaks like the worst kind of ocean wave.

You put the bed there so you could lay with your head at the foot of the bed and look out your window at the stars. 
I put my bed there because my room only had one functioning outlet and I wanted my desk in the other corner.  Due to the eaves, I could only see a few stars, but I could always pull out the screen and sit out on the roof- the flat bit linking the garage to the main house was particularly good for stargazing. I put the suet block out there every fall so that he birds that did stay over winter would have something to eat. 

So imagine, if you will- a lovely spring morning, with the chorus of robins and the pink light reflecting off the mountains, not too cold, and i don’t have to be anywhere for a few hours yet.  All is peace and quiet-

-Until the dog suddenly wakes up, whining because there’s the sound of approaching fat bird steps and I curse becuase I realize the fucking emus have escaped AGAIN.

This is one of my favourite images from the Rudranath trek.
This image features high-altitude cirrus clouds in sky above the gorges of Alaknanda, a major tributary of the Ganges.
The hamlet of Gopeshwar lies somewhere below in the early morning darkness.
Clicked from the Panar meadows, Uttarakhand; once a fabled hunting ground of hunter - author Jim Corbett.

The Signs as Breathtaking, Natural Phenomena

Aries: A Blue Volcano (in Ethiopia). The glow comes from the combustion of sulfuric gases that are pushed through the cracks of the volcano at high temperatures.

Taurus: Wave Rock (located in Australia). That’s right, this is a 46 inch wave cemented entirely in rock! This geological phenomenon is known as flared slope and it usually occurs when erosion is concentrated in lower areas of the rock. Surf’s up! This rock is strong, deep, and carefully made- reminiscent of a Taurus.

Gemini: Nacreous Clouds. These are clouds that give a very futuristic, holographic look to the sky. These incredible clouds are extremely rare, because normally, the stratosphere is quite dry and clouds cannot form. But in extreme polar winters, there’s just enough moisture for these strange clouds to take form about 12 miles above Earth. Intriguing, Gorgeous, and new- just like all of you Gems!

Cancer: Glowing Ocean (Vaadhoo Island). These patches of ocean literally reflect the starry night sky. It’s gorgeous. According to marine biologists, the glowing is caused by a massive red tide of bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum.The microorganisms emit light in response to stress, such as when a wave crashes into the shore. The result is a wickedly cool glowing ocean. Romantic and dreamy, like the Cancer zodiac’s nature.

Leo: “Fire Rainbow”, or circumhorizontal arc. This appears when the sun is high in the sky (higher than 58° above the horizon), and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals. Sunlight entering the crystals’ vertical side faces and leaving through their bottom faces is refracted (as through a prism) and separated into an array of visible colors. Beautiful and bold, just like you Leo!

Virgo: Lake Hillier (located in Australia). This lake is flamingo pink for no definite reason. It’s just… a pink lake. The cause of this phenomenon’s color is assumed to be the reaction between its natural salts, sodium bicarbonate and red halophilic bacteria. It’s kind of cute, actually. It looks so simple in it’s entirety, it makes me wish more lakes were pink for no reason. It’s cuteness, humbleness, and simplicity definitely reminded me of all the Virgos.

Libra: Desert roses. These beauties are made in the desert from formations of the minerals gypsum  and barite with sand inclusions. The ‘petals’ are crystals flattened,  fanning open along characteristic gypsum cleavage planes. This phenomenon has a stunning beauty, it could almost be a real rose! All you Libras are adorable little flowers too, don’t worry.

Scorpio: The Black Sun (Denmark) During spring in Denmark, flocks of more than a million European starlings gather into a single group to form incredibly large and intricate shapes in the sky. The amazing scenes are only possible because of the flock’s amazing communication and coordination. They’re complex, focused, dark, and beautiful- much like the Scorpio persona.

Sagittarius: Auroras. An aurora is a natural light display in the sky predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Aurorae are caused by cosmic wind, solar rays, and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere. Lots of light, lots of beauty, and lots of pow- kind of like when Sagittarius walks into the room. ;)

Capricorn: Frozen methane bubbles. Methane bubbles form in water when dead organic matter falls to the bottom, much to the delight of bacteria. When methane gets trapped in frozen water, viola! Just don’t light a match to these- since it’s methane gas, that could get very bad very quickly. That’s kind of why I associated these with Capricorn folk- they’re elegant looking and cool, but also cold (ha- literally and in character). They’re also prone to combust. Jk about that last part. Humans don’t combust. What I meant by that was that Capricorn can be very dangerous, despite their calm and collected ways.

Aquarius: Danxia Landform (located in China). It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstonesand conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms. Lots of vibrant, beautiful colors here! No pale pastel today! This phenomenon reminds me of Aquarius’ unique, artistic nature. This landform breathes the life into me. Simply breathtaking.

Pisces: A Brinicle. When the surface of the sea freezes—such as around the north and south poles—it does so in a way that forces pockets of especially cold and salty seawater to gather on the underside of the ice. This mixture of brine is denser than the seawater below it, and as a result it tends to slowly sink to the bottom. Now, because it’s so cold, the fresher water below the brine actually freezes around it as it falls, which results in a giant icicle under the surface. That’s what a Brinicle is. It’s like a pretty, still underwater tornado. :) This reminds me of Pisces because it has that slow motion, under the sea vibe. It’s relaxing, perplexing, but also has this really languid dreamy feeling to it. It’s fit for all of you adorable fish!

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“Fire Rainbows” are neither fire, nor rainbows, but are so called because of their brilliant pastel colors and flame like appearance. Technically they are known as circumhorizontal arc - an ice halo formed by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon, hence the name.

Moondog night

In this night scene from the early hours of November 14, light from a last quarter Moon illuminates clouds above the mountaintop domes of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Bright Jupiter is just left of the overexposed lunar disk with a streak of camera lens flare immediately to the right, but that’s no fireball meteor exploding near the center of the picture. Instead, from the roadside perspective a stunningly bright moondog or paraselene stands directly over Kitt Peaks's WIYN telescope. Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae (plural) are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk they are more often faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low. About 10 minutes after the photograph even this bright moondog had faded from the night.

Image credit & copyright: Martin Ratcliffe

Sundog Halo over the Big Woods…

Sundogs are commonly made by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, these ice crystals are called diamond dust, and drift in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them with a minimum deflection of 22°. If the crystals are randomly oriented, a complete ring around the sun is seen — a halo. But often, as the crystals sink through the air, they become vertically aligned, so sunlight is refracted horizontally — in this case, sundogs are seen. (source: Wikipedia)

Peace be unto all of you my friends…